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boathouse row. that's not as clear a view as we normally have at this hour. the fog is mainly light for areas north and west. blue bell has the thickest fog for the pennsylvania suburbs. just under a quarter-mile visibility there. it is one-mile visibility in mount holly. but look to the south. you can see wildwood has quarter-mile visibility along with toms river this morning. that's where the thickest fog is. you'll see some spots of fog. now we're seeing a little bit of activity on the radar screen. showers are moving up from the south. and yes, there's some thunderstorm activity as well moving through maryland. those heavy downpours headed for delaware and into south jersey this morning. this afternoon, a possibility of more showers, even with the big warm-up. clouds will be with us through the day. 45 degrees at 7:00. still some fog in the area at that time. a chance of showers at 9:00 even more likely at lunchtime. up to 57 degrees. and still climbing at lunchtime. we'll go through it hour by hour with the future weather when i come back to show you how warm
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it's going to get in your neighborhood. right now check in with nbc 10 first alert traffic reporter christine maddela. >> we are seeing fog on our traffic cameras especially along route 13 in delaware. and then down the shore. ocean, atlantic and cape may counties almost all of our cameras in that area are pretty foggy. so in those areas with some of this dense fog, watch out for some limited visibility as you head out. but through most of our area in and around philadelphia and montgomery and chester counties things are looking pretty good fogwise. taking a look at drive times, 95, 76 422, still getting green lights. those are our normal problem areas that will slow down as we continue into our morning commute. the bridges are all clear and no problems to report on mass transit. rosemary? we are following some breaking news. just within the last 15 minutes we told you about a home invasion in philadelphia's point breeze neighborhood. nbc 10's monique braxton is live at the scene. and monique from what you told us a little bit earlier, it sounds like police are investigating this as a random crime.
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>> reporter: we're not sure about that christine, but police do tell us they're also calling this a strong-arm robbery. the scene remains under guard here by police. now, we asked the officers how did the intruder get inside? and detectives tell us they're not sure. but if you look, the door is wide open. also there's a cat at the door. and then to the left the window is also wide open. so definitely something that is still under investigation. police commander on duty told us the victim tells police she was choked during the home invasion. she was not taken to the hospital, though. instead, she is now with detectives in the south division. although there's a language barrier, police tell us the victim told them nothing was taken from inside her home. she says just after 4:00 this morning a male asked her for money, then grabbed her by the throat. the victim tells police the attacker is about 6 feet tall in his 20s and 30s. when i asked about his race they say they're not sure. they've not been able to get that from her at this point.
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but they do say he was wearing a black jacket blue jeans and red gloves. we understand that detectives are en route. they do plan to process the scene. and we hope to have more for you on this investigation as the morning progresses. live for now from point breeze monique braxton, nbc 10 news. 5:33 now. happening today, the woman convicted of abducting a 5-year-old girl from her school holding her captive and sexually assaulting her numerous times will learn her prison sentence. nbc 10's matt delucia is live outside the criminal justice center this morning. matt? >> reporter: and chris, the district attorney's office in this case has been asking for a life sentence. meantime christina regusters has been sitting in a jail cell ever since that guilty verdict was handed down last year. regusters were convicted on several counts including aggravated assault and kidnapping. the former day-care worker took a 5-year-old girl from a cobbs creek elementary school in 2013 walking in wearing muslim garb
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and claiming to be the girl's mother. well, prosecutors successfully argued that she took the girl home blindfolded and stripped her, put her under a bed and sexually abused her in a brutal manner. later leaving her alone with only a t-shirt in a nearby playground. regusters' family and the victim's family both have been very emotional throughout all this. regusters herself had no emotion after the verdict as she has undergone a standard mental health evaluation. and prosecutors throughout the whole case have likened regusters to a monster. again, the maximum sentence here would be life in prison. and sentencing, meantime has been delayed three times, but hopefully that will change today. give some closure to this family. they have been waiting a long time for this. and so we will follow this throughout the day. for now, i'm live at the criminal justice center matt delucia, nbc 10 news. >> thanks for that matt. and of course this is a story that nbc 10 has been following for more than two years now. you can read more about the case on our website, nbc10.com and you can be the first to know when the sentence is handed down
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by downloading the nbc 10 app. it's a free download. and we will send you a breaking news alert when we learn the decision. today the death penalty will be the focus of a hearing in philadelphia. last month governor tom wolf issued a moratorium on executions in pennsylvania. members of the house judiciary committee who oppose the ban are holding the hearing at city hall in philadelphia. they'll listen to testimony from the families of murder victims. the state supreme court, in the meantime, is deciding if the moratorium is legal. camden city schools have announced a shake-up in leadership at five of its lowest performing schools and one of its oldest school buildings is shutting down. closing for good. the five schools are bonsall family east camden middle school mcgraw elementary molina elementary, and whittier family school. the whittier school building is more than 100 years old. it will close. educational nonprofits best known for operating charter schools will take over leadership at those five schools. officials say only one out of
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every five students in the camden city school district performs at grade level. >> if we don't give them the opportunity that they are due, then we're failing as leaders. >> through this partnership, we're building some real signs of progress. >> you may remember just last month in philadelphia, there was plenty of public outcry when the src considered granting charters to some of the same groups now expanding in camden. officials say the schools to be transformed in camden will not become charters. the district calls them renaissance schools that will still be neighborhood schools run by the school district. today students in bucks county will help celebrate their new school at a groundbreaking ceremony. that will take place in croydon at the site of the former mary divine elementary school. this is part of the district's elementary school overhaul plan which includes nine school closings and students coming together in different buildings. it's 5:36 now. people in parts of this area are
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being urged to conserve water because of drought. we'll tell you if you're one of them and how long this could last. plus the picture that says it all. this morning we have some exciting news to share about leah still and her brave battle with cancer. cold no more. just chilly outside. 40 degrees and a bit foggy, too. light fog in center city. and more wet weather is on the way. your hour-by-hour forecast when we come back. jim kenney. son of a firefighter. first in his family to go to college. he's been councilman at-large, representing the whole city.
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a progressive voice who'll be a mayor for our neighborhoods. bringing philadelphia together... expanding pre-kindergarten improving our schools... ...and partnering with businesses, community colleges and universities to create jobs jim kenny, the block by block mayor we need to move philadelphia ahead.
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5:39. it was so cold yesterday. this morning, it's just chilly. the wind has died down. the temperature now 41 in philadelphia. and that will climb to near 70. but it's going to come with some showers. right now we are dry. maybe a little bit misty with some fog especially thick at the shore. but storms, we're tracking them to the south. they're moving through maryland right now. that's thunderstorm activity with heavy downpours will reach
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into sussex county in delaware and could hold together for cape may over the next hour to hour and a half. and then more wet weather moving through north carolina. that's going to be here later this morning into this afternoon. the future weather hour by hour showing at 10:00 this morning, the showers coming into the area. but look at the temperatures moving up. that warming trend continues, near 70 degrees at 4:00 this afternoon. when we'll be getting a break from some of the shower activity. still some showers in the area. then this evening, there's a chance of thunderstorms with a quick-moving line of heavy rainfall that's going to drop our temperatures over the next few days. for today, though a warm-up. in spite of showers and a chance of thunderstorms this evening, we'll see afternoon temperatures into the 60s to near 70 degrees. but it's going to get colder as we head into the weekend. this is saturday. in fact, saturday morning, a few snowflakes are possible. it's really isolated light stuff. and with temperatures above freezing accumulations shouldn't be an issue. and then rain as we warm into
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the lower 40s. but definitely colder for the weekend. 40 degrees, the high on saturday. sunshine will be back. and it will be warmer on sunday. and that's the beginning of a warming trend which will have us feeling more springlike next week. full seven-day forecast with details when i come back in ten. this morning we have some good news to report about a little girl waging a big battle. last week we reported that scans showed that leah still is cancer free, and we just learned that the biopsies confirm that she is officially in remission. her father bengals player devon still tweeted this picture last night. it shows him with leah. he's giving the peace sign. leah's dad devon, who plays for the bengals, made the announcement yesterday on instagram. the 4-year-old girl was diagnosed last june and has been receiving treatment at children's hospital in philadelphia. devon says leah will need more treatments to make sure that the cancer doesn't return. nbc 10's vai sikahema sat down with them a few months ago. you can watch the interview and
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the impromptu dance party they had on nbc10.com. the time right now is 5:42. hundreds of jobs are about to be up for grabs in our area thanks to two new businesses. we'll tell you who's hiring. plus growing concerns at the jersey shore. the construction project that could delay the summer season and cost businesses big time. and taking a live look outside right now, it is foggy in parts of our area. look at this camera. this is along route 1 in delaware. those parts of areas of dense fog, you will see some limited visibility on the roads if you're getting ready to head out. i'll have a look at your drive times when nbc 10 news today continues.
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nicole: we all have different needs for our children and basing all of the childrens' needs on one test is not the right road to go down. and something's got to change. okaikor: and the ones who are taking the brunt of it are our children. all the other things that make you a great human being is not important anymore. what's more important is: can you answer a-b-c-d? gina: what am i going to learn for my child from this test that my teacher can't tell me right now?
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investigators believe hackers in china are behind a cyber attack that shut down 1,000 computers in a gloucester county school district. computer hackers demanded ransom money in exchange for eliminating a virus from the woolwich servers. the district refused and instead are rebuilding their servers from scratch. fortunately all sensitive student and staff data was stored on a different server that wasn't compromised. school officials say classroom computers are coming back online now, and internet-based testing is working again. now, this isn't the first time hackers have targeted a school in this reregion. we reported in december on the pine forge academy in burks
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county. that school got an anonymous threat from a hacker who demanded $1 million ransom. no information was compromised in that case either. today former congressman jesse jackson jr. is expected to be released from an alabama prison. jackson began serving a 2 1/2-year sentence in 2013. he pled guilty to illegally spending campaign funds. jackson will reportedly be picked up by his wife, children and parents. the reverend and mrs. jackson. they'll take him to a halfway house in washington where he will serve the remainder of his sentence. we could find out tomorrow whether italy's top court will uphold a guilty verdict against american amanda knox or send the trial back to yet another appeal. yesterday the panel of judges delayed their decision by two days. knox and her former boyfriend were convicted and then later acquitted of murdering knox's roommate. last year an italian appeals court upheld the original guilty verdict. don tollefsen was once the highest paid sportcaster in
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philadelphia, but this morning he is getting ready to serve two to four years behind bars. he was convicted of scamming nearly 200 people by selling bogus sports packages and pocketing the money. >> i was hoping to see a little emotion, to see some sincere remorse to take real ownership of his actions. and he just didn't do that. you know, he's just -- he's just too arrogant. >> the judge ordered tollefsen to pay back some of his victims more than $160,000. 5:47 now. people across pennsylvania are being asked to conserve water after officials declared a drought watch. this impacts 27 counties across the state including in this area, burks, carbon, columbia, luzerne, monroe, pike and schuylkill. they have low groundwater levels that may not return to normal until summer. now, the state is hoping people will voluntarily reduce their nonessential water usage by at
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least 5%. can you do that by running water only when necessary. also checking for household leaks and running those dishwashers and washing machines only when they have full loads. from our jersey shore bureau now, a major beach replenishment project is in the works for a popular stretch of the jersey shore. but some argue that the timing really couldn't be worse. the work in ship bottom is scheduled to start in late april and is expected to last 35 days. so that would take us past may. the u.s. army core ofps of engineers says no more than two miles of beach will be closed at one time, but some are concerned that the construction could extend beyond the normally busy memorial day weekend. >> if you're going to rent an oceanfront house and you have that in front of you, i don't think you will or you'll want your money back if you did. >> the project's manager tells nbc 10 dredges needed for the work were not available earlier this year. he says the project is so large there is no way to avoid the
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summer season. now your nbc 10 first alert weather with meteorologist bill henley. >> a bit misty, a little bit foggy, but much warmer than what we've seen the last few days. you see some very light fog over the city. really a clear view across delaware. not very foggy in philadelphia, but other areas are seeing fog. that's as warmer air pushes into the region. 41 degrees right now in philadelphia with a light southerly breeze at philadelphia international. and not quite as clear a view of boathouse row from the mellon bank building that we'd normally have. that light fog in philadelphia isn't going to last. and the fog, for the rest of the area, won't last either. it's thicker in northeast philadelphia. visibility under a mile now. trenton has dense fog. look at wildwood dense fog. in fact, beach avenue is looking decidedly foggy. and it looks a little damp too. a bit misty with that fog. but no steady rainfall in the area yet.
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grab your umbrella. rain will be returning to the area. in fact, there's also a possibility of some thunderstorms. you see the showers are moving up from the south. and another line are moving in from the west. and these could give us some thunderstorms this evening. right now heavier downpours moving towards detroit and into central ohio. those are on track for us for this evening. for today, you'll only need your umbrella at times. rain coming down on and off. not an all-day rainfall. when we get breaks in the rain during the afternoon, that's when temperatures will shoot up. 60s to near 70 degrees. then the thunderstorms come through this evening. and with those storms will come the return of chillier weather. and you'll feel the difference tomorrow morning with the wind blowing. 46 degrees. wind is light this morning. 52 degrees tomorrow afternoon. with showers, they'll be light tomorrow and scattered on friday. a slight chance of a shower on saturday. in the morning, it might be cold enough for a few snowflakes. but the temperatures will be above freezing. so accumulation not happening. and then raindrops into the
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afternoon. but there's just a chance of that happening on saturday. better chance you'll see sunshine sunday. a high of 48 degrees. and that's a warming trend, by the way. 50s for monday, tuesday and wednesday. >> that sounds more like it. thank you, bill. nine minutes till 6:00 now. so you may hit patchy fog as you head out this morning. >> yeah and i'm sure a lot more people are getting out the door. let's check in with our traffic reporter christine maddela. christine christine? >> we aren't seeing any major delays, many accidents out there. taking a look right now on route 13 in delaware you can see that fog that could limit visibility especially in these areas with dense fog. this is down the shore, atlantic cape may, ocean counties all seeing a lot of fog out there that we are seeing in our traffic cameras. and some areas of wet roads to look out for. so there could be some parts of our area that are pretty slick out there. but taking a look at our drive times, we're not seeing any major problems on those major routes that usually slow down. interstate 95 southbound from
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woodhaven road to the vine street expressway, that's going to get busy in our next hour. for now, 14 minutes, your commute. 75 and 422 also looking pretty good out there. chris? shopping for jobs. hundreds of new ones are coming to delaware county when wegman's opens a new store later this year. in november the supermarket chain will open its new score in concordville on route 202 near route 1. now, between now and then wegmens needs to hire more than 500 workers and about 175 of those are full-time positions. this will be wegmans 17th store in pennsylvania. here's something else, 130 jobs are coming to the area with the opening of a large restaurant at the king of prussia mall. they're looking to hire servers hosts, cooks and more. you can find out how to apply and when the restaurant will start dishing out food. in this digital exclusive story from our partners at "the philadelphia business journal." it's available right now on the nbc 10 app. well a casino versus a college. this morning why the taj mahal says having stockton college
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next door would be bad for business. plus -- >> how to make a friend. >> a little girl's plea to the president. she wrote him a letter asking for advice, and now she has an invitation to the white house.
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5:56. a fraternity at rutgers is in trouble over underage drinking. sigma phi epsilon has suspended its rutgers chapter after a 20-year-old member was taken to a hospital in november after drinking at the fraternity house. rutgers says six fraternities and one sorority are under review for alcohol violations. and we now know why taj mahal's parent company wants to stop plans for a new college campus at the former showboat casino in atlantic city. stockton university bought showboat for $18 million last year with plans to turn it into a branch campus. now trump entertainment resorts says a college next door would not be a good idea. it fears that kids under 21 would try to get into the casino and could cause problems. the casino is now enforcing a 1988 agreement that required showboat to only be operated as a first-class casino. stockton university says if it
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can't work out a deal, it will sell the property. today in washington a house subcommittee will hold a hearing on the tsa's pre-check program. some lawmakers are questioning the future of the program that lets trusted flyers breeze through airport security. they are citing some repeat incidents including one where the tsa allowed someone who served prison time for a felony to go through the expedited security lane. philadelphia international airport now has approval to extend a runway in its effort to attract larger planes. officials gave the go-ahead to lengthen the runway by about a quarter mile and to add taxiways. the project will cost about $85 million. work should be complete by 2017. now, right now there are no runways at the airport that can accommodate the largest planes. the goal is to offer direct flights to places like tokyo and shanghai. to learn more about the project, you can just use the nbc 10 app on your smartphone or tablet. this is a great story here. a little girl from maine had trouble making friends.
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so she asked president obama to help her out. now she's going to the white house on the trip of a lifetime. 8-year-old katie osmer wrote the president a letter asking for his advice on how to make friends. not only did she get a reply, from president obama she also got an invitation to the white house easter egg roll. a staff member says she may even get the chance to meet the obamas and get a personal tour. >> i figured that he must have to make friends with people he's working with. >> she's much happier. she started to be more outgoing. the fact she's joining clubs is really amazing. >> now, since writing that letter, katie's mom says she has made two best friends. not one but two. bffs. and joined three new clubs which is something she says she wouldn't have been able to do without this newfound presidential confidence. >> good for katie. i didn't realize it was that easy to get invited to the white house. just write a letter. >> it hasn't worked for me. and good for her for writing a
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letter. that's something that people don't do these days. >> you've got a little boy. you should have him write. >> walker? >> does he know how to write yet? >> crayons. >> that will be more effective, probably. you write the letter and have him sign it. >> i'll let him write it with crayon crayon. >> thank you. nbc 10 news at 6:00 a.m. starts right now. nbc 10 breaking news. >> breaking news a woman is recovering this morning after a home invasion in philadelphia's point breeze neighborhood. we're live on the scene and we're working to get details. it is sentencing day. today the philadelphia woman convicted of kidnapping a 5-year-old girl from school and raping her will learn her fate. a tornado rips through the state of oklahoma leaving one person dead several people are hurt. and lots of damage. this morning it's cleanup time as the area struggles to recover. nothing that extreme for our area, but there's a line of showers and storms headed our way. find out when they'll roll in and how long they'll stick around. good morning, this is nbc 10
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news today. i'm rosemary connors. >> and i'm vai sikahema. we're almost a week into spring. it's going to finally feel like spring. let's bring in bill henley. >> morning, vai. we're nowhere near as cold as the last few days. 40 here at the studio. parts of south jersey are close to 30 degrees warmer than yesterday. still a bit chilly and look at the fog. that's a live view from the marquis to lafayette hotel. we're starting to see a little more of it. that fog is beginning to ease. it will take time to clear out completely. and add to that some rainfall that is moving up the coast. heavy showers and there has been some thunderstorm activity in maryland. those showers now moving into delaware. moving out the door you'll still need a jacket. it's chilly outside. 45 degrees. might need some extra time with

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